Thursday, October 23, 2008

More Changes in the Mirror: 12 South Eatery Goes Smoke-Free

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 5:00 AM

A couple of months ago, Mirror owners Colleen and Michael DeGregory announced they were trading the restaurant's longstanding tapas format for a more comfort-food oriented repertoire.

Since then, Mirror has made another big change, namely kicking the smoking habit. After experimenting with a 21-and-over policy in order to continue to allow smoking in the one-room eatery, Mirror is now smoke-free.

Chef Michael recently sent the following email describing Mirror's metamorphosis:

Big changes are in the air at Mirror Restaurant on 12th Avenue South. When we first opened our doors eight years ago, 12 South was a depressed area with a small group of artists, musicians and pioneers. Fast-forward a few years and one real estate boom…We took a look around and realized how much the neighborhood changed. Our new neighbors have families, and felt we were more a fancy restaurant (not kid-friendly). So, we sat down and took a long, hard look at ourselves and decided to make some major changes. The first was a brand-new patio enclosure. We now have a beautiful copper-roof patio which is very inviting on those fall evenings. Next, we felt tapas were a little to experimental for the family vibe. So gone are the tapas, replaced by delicious retro-styled dishes prepared the way we cook—with whole foods, local produce and a fun twist. Shrimp pot pie, light and crisp fish-and-chips, open-faced meatloaf sandwich covered with fries and homemade chipotle ketchup are some of our new dishes. We still have some of our favorites, but they are now listed as appetizers and sides and there is nothing on the menu over $18.

Our interior has also undergone a few changes. Comfy booths now line the walls, and upholstered seats bring comfortable warmth to the room. Behind the bar we have added a television which shows old movies and the occasional cooking show. On top of all that, due to an overwhelming demand, we went non-smoking.

We appreciate how our neighborhood has grown and developed, and we are thrilled to be changing along with it.

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